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Monster is the story of the brillant brain surgeon Dr. Tenma. Heis the rising star of a hospital in Germany after he saves the life of an opera singer. The director of the hospital dotes on him, the director's daughter is engaged to him and his peers adore him. Yet he feels regret, a poor man died while he wroked on the singer, despite the poor man coming to him first.

The director asks him to forget a young boy who had just been shot, in order to save the mayor of the town who had promised big donations to the hospital. Despite that, Tenma goes with his heart and saves the boy who came first.

The boy is saved, but the mayor dies....

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Tenma loses his position as head of his department and is forced to a lower position. His fiance throws his ring back at him and he suffers a drunken breakdown. But...

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Despite this tragic murder spree, a silver lining appears. Tenma is taken by the board and made the Chief of Surgery for his good works. Everything is wonderful, he is adored by his patients and all is well.

Nine years later....

A killing spree ends with a suspect in the hospital. Tenma saves him.
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The man is terrified. He admits to Tenma that all his partners were murdered by the man who hired them. One night, a guard is murdered and the suspect escapes. Tenma chases him all the way to an abamdoned parking garage.

Where he meets, the monster.

The boy he lost everything for.

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Johan reminds Tenma of a promise he made by the sleeping Johan's bedside. A wish that all those people who valued profit over lives, the people who had stopped Tenma's career were dead.

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Johan murders the man in cold blood and begins to leave, as Tenma stares in shock.

Johan tells Tenma that he had died, that he was going to leave the world and be gone forever but...

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So, how do you deal with the fact that you sacrificed everything, you fiance, your job, everything to save someone, and that person is the pure evil?

Monster is one of the best manga ever. Its totally finished so you can get through it all.

And best of all? Monster is one of those rare manga where the anime is just as good, if not better than the source material. Oh and get this, if you have Netflix?

The entire anime is on Instant right now.

Go and watch it for the love of god.

Medium: manga Title: Monster Creator: Naoki Urasawa


Date: 2011-11-06 09:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharky_chan

...and excessive exclamation marks. *cough*.

But seriously, holy crap. I freaking love this series. So brilliant with such great pacing and direction. And the cast...and the post-Cold War elements...and the themes...and the hope amid tragedy...so much love. *fangirl fangirl fangirl*. Going to have to rewatch it now, damn you :P.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] salinea
you don't need to write the tags in the post anymore, you can tag them yourself.

Monster is quite the intense, well written manga :)
Edited Date: 2011-11-06 09:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-06 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moetushie
Oooh, I'm intrigued.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
Yeah, Monster is one of the best manga I've ever read. Hell, some days I'll even go ahead and say it is the best.

Naoki Urasawa should really be lauded to be as important to modern comics as Alan Moore is. Monster, Pluto, Master Keaton and 20th Century Boys are all seminal achievements in manga history.

Date: 2011-11-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grazzt
Hee, great minds think alike. I picked most of those same scans for my own retrospective on the first volume (you can check the Naoki Urasawa tag to find them and a bunch of other Monster posts I made).

Date: 2011-11-06 10:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cypherfdp
Oh fuck, the anime is on Netflix now? Goodbye, next few days

Date: 2011-11-06 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
I like Monster a lot but I think that 20th Century Boys (also by Urasawa) is better. Anyone else feel the same?

Date: 2011-11-06 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] schmevil
Need to get back into this manga. It is the actual greatest.

Date: 2011-11-06 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kagome654
Ah, Monster. Still one of my favourite manga, and the source of many hypothetical questions (mostly concerning Batman, and how long it would take him to track Johan down).

Date: 2011-11-07 12:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silvercatmon
I am so trying to get the Graphic Novel Book Club I'm in to read some of this. They said no manga, but we have read things like Scott Pilgrim and Wonton Soup. I'm now really pushing to read Monster and I think it is going to happen.
Monster is just really good.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flash_fan
Can't find it on Netflix. Just a bunch of live action stuff. Help anyone?

Date: 2011-11-07 05:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mullon

Johan Liebert started out with so much potential. And then they totally wasted it in the end.

EspanolBot's Recommended Anime shows and series'

Date: 2011-11-07 11:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
As everyone else seems to be doing it.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (the movies are good, but the tv show expands on the characters and setting in more detail) - a post-cyberpunk series based around an anti-cyberterrorism group, the cases they're investigating and the people who get in their way (offend different parts of the same government).

Baccano! - a Depression-era based show with a jigsaw puzzle plot that fills in the blanks as you move through it. It involves immortal gangsters, a character who is essentially an antiheroic version of Dick Grayson as a horrifying violent assassin with a literal god complex, eccentric performance artists/master criminals and alchemists. It's semi-sequel Durarara! is also worth watching, albeit more of a consistantly light tone.

Black Lagoon - both a manga series and an anime show, it involves a group of modern day pirates operating out of a Thai city that is essentially a subtropical Gotham City lacking in any superheroes. Imagine something akin to Sin City, except without the sexism and general suckiness.

Darker than Black - only seen the first series of this so far, so I can't speak for the second's quality, but this generally a very good quasi-superhero show with a lot of memorable characters. Essentially, after an odd cosmic event that blanked out the stars, groups of seemingly psychotic superhumans started showing up. The show details both their antics as well as the conspiracies that pool and swirl around them. Like X-Men, only without the whining.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - chances are that most people would have heard of this one. Originally starting as a light novel series, this went on to being not just a very sucessful tv show, but also an animated movie, radio drama, a line of music based on the characters etc. The plot involves the titular girl, who may be God, trying to find aliens, time travellers and psychics to hang out with with her friends (who are aliens, time travellers and psychics) who are desperately trying to keep their own secrets, while at the same time keeping Haruhi amused so she doesn't destroy and recreate the universe (again).

Princess Mononoke - beautiful movie, the dubbed version is written by Neil Gaiman of all people, and involves the end of the Age of Magic and Gods in Japan and the rise of the modern age. Really, really good. Also, it has an awesome female protagonist, and does a good job at making most of the bad guys at least somewhat sympathetic.

Akira - Incredibly well made cyberpunk movie, involves motorcycle gangs and a group of psychics. Amusing to watch after seeing Batman Beyond, as a lot of the motiffs were translated later over to BB. Not really suprising as they shared some of the same creative staff (or at least Return of the Joker did).

Cowboy Bebop - bounty hunters in the future try to escape from the pasts they left behind while trying to scrounge a living in an overpopulated Solar System. So much as been said about this show, that all I can really do is just ask you to go and watch it, it's that good.

Well, those are my favourites. There are more which I like, such as Ghost Hunt, Guardian of the Spirit and Bleach (sorry XP), but they are kind of hit and miss in places.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] biod
Might as well add a few of my own:

-Summer Wars. Does it take some stuff from War Games and more directly Digimon's take on that scenario? Sure, but it's still a moving film about family with some nifty concepts and amazing visuals.

-If you want something romantic I recommend either Clannad or Toradora. Clannad pulls more strings but Toradora had the better characters IMO.

-Steins;Gate is the adaptation of a Visual Novel, but based on how meticulously it's plotted you can't tell at all. Basically the very eccentric Okabe Rintaro (self-proclaimed MAD SCIENTIST) and some friends accidentally invent time travel and CERN wants to use it to rule the world. It is very, very good.

-Princess Tutu (bear with me here). It's an epic ballet in anime form. It's nickname is Guitar Ninjas for reason. Plus, it's all set to classical music, being a ballet and all. Some of the first episodes are a bit formulaic, but it gets better quickly and keeps going.

_Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the manliest thing you will ever watch. This is Super-Robot action with no limit. It has more balls than brains, knows that, and loves every minute of it. You will too.

-Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Watch the first three episodes. Any more would give the game away. It's in my top five for a very good reason.

-Finally something light and funny. Lucky Star, Nichijou, and Ouran High School Host Club are all absolutely brilliant shows that will never let you stop laughing (unless they're pulling heartstrings). Mitsudomoe is one that had me laughing throughout, but it's not for everyone.

Date: 2011-11-07 02:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nezchan
One rec I didn't see that's always been a favourite of mine is Hoshin Engi, which in a lot of ways is just a straight action series that goes totally nuts as the genre tends to do. What makes it really stand out is the lead's "wheels within wheels" style of doing things, reading several steps ahead of his opponents. It's great fun, all told.

I'm also fond of Hikaru No Go, although it really should have ended before the North Star Cup business, that was a bit of a letdown.

Been meaning to find a way to use this...

Date: 2011-11-08 12:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo

Remember seeing the anime OnDemand. Didn't realy watch it though, thought it would be too gritty for my taste.


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